By Tommy Robbins. On Wednesday night, everybody’s favorite Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aimé (or maybe just “Reggie”), made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to show off the upcoming Super Mario Run. However, in a surprising turn of events, he nearly brought Fallon to his knees by wowing the studio audience with the public’s first look at the Nintendo Switch in the wild.
Starting with a live demo for Super Mario Run, Reggie opened with a few good right jabs with the announcement of the game’s three different play modes: World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder. (Apparently the latter two will allow play versus friends and some level of base building.) I suppose the previously announced $10 price point doesn’t sound quite so steep in that context. Neat.
Then came Reggie’s unexpected left hook. After some most definitely not-staged hijinks, the tables were turned on ol’ Jimmy: Out came the Nintendo Switch, along with a tiny smidge of gameplay for Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
For anyone following announcements surrounding the Switch, there wasn’t much in the realm of new information to take away. The Switch works pretty much exactly as presented, but damn was it nice to see in action.
So far, Nintendo’s calculated and steadily paced unveiling for the Switch seems to be cultivating a nice swell of excitement and anticipation. If you had your doubts about Nintendo previously, they are undoubtedly out the window.
Also worth noting — Miyamoto-san made an appearance and played the Mario theme song alongside The Roots. He also sported a pretty neat Mario shirt that may or may not have had some imagery worthy of dissection.